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Commey – You Can’t Hold Post In New MMDAs If You Aren’t NPP

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The Director of Operations at the Presidency Lord Commey has sworn to stop the appointment of individuals not affiliated to the ruling government in the newly created Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

The Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has created 38 new MMDAs across the country, bringing the number to 254 from the previous 216.

Citing the Ablekuma West Municipal Assembly as a case study, Commey who is the former National Organiser of the ruling government said it is important that people who worked for the party’s electoral victory in 2016 are well placed to enjoy the fruit of their labour.

“Everyone has his/her heart desires and since your party is in power your heart desires will be accomplished,” said Commey Saturday April 14 at a ceremony to hand over the refurbished Ablekuma West Constituency office of the party by Communication Minister Ursula Owusu Ekuful, the Member of Parliament for area.

“And by grace of God,” he told the supporters of the party at the ceremony “the President has weaned off Mohammed Adjei Sowah [Mayor of Accra] and given you a government, your own government and you are going to get your own Municipal Chief Executive which means everything that goes to the mayor’s office a similar thing will be brought here.”

“Which means the posts being held at the mayor’s office most of them will come here. As I stand here, I see many guys here who can be committee chairmen or…and coordinating whatever,” he explained to a thunderous applause.

“[And] the Last time I was having a discussion with some of your leaders at the Jubilee House, I told them that at least if it doesn’t work at all every polling station chairmen in Ablekuma West, we will start with them and we will position them somewhere. Did you hear what I said? Even if it doesn’t work at all….even if it doesn’t work at all to start with, we should position all polling station chairmen.”

In a bid to show the supporters how powerful he has become since NPP recaptured power, the Presidency’s Director of Operations said “our local governance system can do that. It is possible” in the over 10 minutes audio recording in possession of Starrfmonline.com.

“When I’m talking, I don’t talk with doubt because Akufo-Addo says there’s going to be an election of MMDCEs, thus the issue of district assemblies has become partisan. We the NPP have made it partisan. And that is why it is important that when we are placing, we will start the placement with our party members like those of you sitting here….I will ensure that it happens,” he declared.

He served notice that all lists of appointments in the MMDAs will receive thorough scrutiny to eliminate those not affiliated to the NPP.

“I’ll make sure I scrutinize all appointment in this Municipal to ask that  A, B and C, who is he or her and which polling station he or she is working from before we can approve. Anything short of that we will delete his or her name.”

 

Source: Starrfmonline.com

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Akufo-Addo – 998 Staff Work At Jubilee House

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The Office of the President has 998 employees, including Ministers of State, Presidential Staffers and junior Political Appointees in 2017, official list submitted to Parliament has confirmed.

The number is some 220 staff more than the 778 employees presented to parliament by the erstwhile John Mahama administration in 2013.

According to the report released to Parliament on the staffing position of the Office of the President for the period January 7, 2017 to December 31, 2017, the office had nine Ministers of State, 27 presidential staffers, 256 Junior Political Appointees and 706 civil and public servants.

Below is the full list

 

Source: Starrfmonline.com

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Court Embargoes NPP Regional Elections In Volta Region

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Barely 24hours to the governing New Patriotic Party’s regional elections across the country, the exercise in the Volta region has been dealt a massive setback with a Court injunction.

A disgruntled NPP Volta regional chairman-aspirant, Kofi Boateng, Friday secured a court order to put on hold the regional elections over claims of unfair treatment and disqualification.

Speaking to the media after securing the embargo, the campaign manager of Boateng, Nelson Kumah said the injunction was necessary after the top echelon of the party failed to recognize and address their concerns of unfair treatment.

“You can look at the six people that are contesting and you look at Kofi Boateng’s profile, you see that he is a party man [and] has done this job for 26 years,” said the livid campaign manager.

“But the cabal who have taken over this party just want to hobble him out of the place,” he added.

According to him, after executives of the party in the region disqualified his candidate via a WhatsApp message without any tangible reason, the campaign team petitioned the acting National Chairman of the party, Freddie Blay and the acting General Secretary John Boadu on April 4, 2018.

“We waited for them for two weeks and they couldn’t acknowledge receipt of our petition, so we have no other way,” he said “as our rights cannot be jeopardized and for that matter it is only the court that can give us justice.”

Meanwhile, in the Northern region, the election has been postponed to April 28.

This, according to the NPP regional communication director Abdul-Latif A. Ishaak is necessitated by the inability of the party to conduct elections in some five constituencies.

 

Source: Starrfmonline.com

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Political Corruption Rising Under Akufo-Addo – Batidam

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The Chairman of the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption, Daniel Batidam has described as “dangerous” what he says is the rise of “political corruption” under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo.

President Akufo-Addo for decades has been touted as incorruptible, a tag which helped him win the 2016 presidential elections by 53.72percent, collecting 5,755,758 of the valid votes cast against former President John Mahama’s 44.53percent, representing 4,777,188 valid votes cast.

However, barely two years in power, the Akufo-Addo government has thus far been rocked with close to 10 alleged corrupt scandals, the latest being the alleged financial malfeasance at the Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMT).

The board of the MMT has announced it is setting up an internal committee to investigate the bus-purchase scandal that has rocked the firm.

The decision was taken after Starr News investigations uncovered financial and administrative irregularities in the award of contract for some 300 new buses for the company.

The Managing Director Bennette Aboagye and his personal assistant, have been ordered to proceed on leave with immediate effect over the allegation.

The head of procurement, Rose Owusu, is also facing accusations of possible complicity in the alleged corruption scandal.

Commenting on the recent scandal, Batidam who advised former President Mahama on corruption bemoaned that corruption is gradually being institutionalized under the leadership of the “incorruptible” Akufo-Addo.

“This [MMT scandal] appears to be dominantly political corruption, in that, there’s always something to do with party people,” he stated on Starr Today Thursday April 19.

“It is the same thing recently, we heard about one NPP MP’s wife,” he continued, “being given some big project and then the PPA, the agency which is supposed to be regulating this, itself is coming out to justify its awarding of the contract.”

“I think that, what we are seeing is a very dangerous situation as far as political corruption is concerned,” he warned.

 

Source: Starrfmonline.com

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